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Fort Chipewyan Winter Roads

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(Fort McMurray, AB – March 16, 2019) – Rig mats on the Fort Chipewyan winter road will begin being removed Monday, March 18 at 12:00 p.m. Motorists are notified that the Fort Chipewyan winter road is still closing for the season on Sunday, March 17 at 5:00 p.m. This means that vehicles will no longer be able to operate on the Fort Chipewyan winter road after 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Gate access will be closed and rig mats will begin being removed at 12:00 p.m. on Monday. With warmer temperatures, the ice road is melting. Motorists are asked to use caution as roads are slick with water and there is water pooling in some areas. Please drive to conditions and stay to the right-hand side of the road to allow room for oncoming traffic. Your cooperation is appreciated. Residents and industry are encouraged to make any trips on the Fort Chipewyan winter road as soon as practical, but please use extra caution. Please continue to check from the list of resources below to keep up-to-date on winter road conditions, allowances and announcements: • News room - rmwb.ca/news-room.htm • Winter roads page (register for email ...

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(Fort McMurray, AB – March 14, 2019) – Motorists are notified that the Fort Chipewyan winter road will be closing for the season on Sunday, March 17 at 5:00 p.m. This means that vehicles will no longer be able to operate on the Fort Chipewyan winter road after 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Gate access will be closed or barricaded and rig mats will be removed. With warmer temperatures, the ice road is melting. Motorists are asked to use caution as roads are slick with water and there is water pooling in some areas. Please drive to conditions and stay to the right-hand side of the road to allow room for oncoming traffic. Your cooperation is appreciated. Residents and industry are encouraged to make any trips on the Fort Chipewyan winter road as soon as practical, but please use extra caution.

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Starting at noon today, load limits will be reduced to 5,000 kg and lower during daytime hours from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. With warmer weather, load limits will be reduced to 5,000 kg and lower during daytime hours to protect the road, so it stay open later into the season. This means that vehicles heavier than 5,000 kg cannot use the Fort Chipewyan or La Loche winter roads during daytime hours of 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Your cooperation is appreciated. Residents and industry are encouraged to make any trips or transport heavier loads as soon as practical. Timelines for the road closure cannot be predicted as they are dependent on weather conditions. As temperatures rise, ice melt along the road can create very slippery conditions. Please drive with caution and stay to the right-hand side of the road to give oncoming traffic plenty of room. Motorists are also reminded to observe all posted signage for enhanced safety and to help protect the integrity of the winter road.

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Residents are reminded that winter road season will be ending soon as the weather warms up. All winter roads and trails are still open; however, in the coming days, load limits are expected to decrease, and travel limitations (10 p.m. to 10 a.m. for heavy vehicles above 5,000 kg) will be activated soon. These strategies will protect the winter road so it can be kept open longer. Please continue to check from the list of resources below to keep up-to-date on winter road conditions and allowances. As temperatures rise, ice melt along the road can create very slippery conditions. Please drive with caution and stay to the right-hand side of the road to give oncoming traffic plenty of room. Motorists are also reminded to observe all posted signage for enhanced safety and to help protect the integrity of the winter road. Residents and industry are encouraged to make any trips or transport heavier loads as soon as practical. Timelines for the road closure cannot be predicted as they are dependent on weather conditions.

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(Fort McMurray, AB – March 4, 2019) – Residents are reminded that winter road season will be ending in the coming weeks pending weather conditions. All winter roads and trails are still open, however, typically the load limit decreases in mid-March, with road closures following shortly after. Residents and industry are encouraged to make any trips or transport heavier loads as soon as practical. Timelines for the road closure cannot be predicted as they are dependent on weather conditions. Residents are invited to subscribe for email updates about the Fort Chipewyan winter road or the La Loche winter trail. Visit rmwb.ca/winterroads and click on the subscribe icon to sign up for email notifications. Those signed up for the notifications will receive a direct email when the Municipality announces winter road and trail updates. After subscribing, please check your inbox for a confirmation email.

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